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The Best In Television

Posted on: June 8, 2008 3:17 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2008 8:36 pm
I want to thank all of you who helped make my first effort at blogging a rewarding experience for me. I did enjoy reading most of the comments the blog generated about the musicians who were nominated and being voted on as the best acts in Rock & Roll history.

I asked for and received a few suggestions for what type of competition would be a good follow up. With several friends of mine currently running other musical themed bracket competitions here I decided to go in a different direction with this one and focus on a subject that most of you are very familiar with, television. Television has bought us events that will remain in our memories for as long as we live, both joyous and horrendous. It has made you laugh and cry as well as taken you to places you could only dream of visiting in person. Just think of the musical acts you would never have seen perform if not for them having appeared on television.

Television, especially with the explosion of the number of specialty channels on cable, has something for people of all ages, tastes and backgrounds.

I am asking the readers of this blog to name their 10 favorite sitcoms of all time as well as their 10 favorite dramas and westerns. I will then set up brackets and we can do the tourney style competition. I would also like you to name the 5 most memorable things you have ever seen on the tube. I will compile the numbers on those and list what the group comes up with as a top 10. I know the submissions for the most memorable will depend a lot on the ages of who replies. If you were born much after 1960 Neil Armstrong's walking on the moon will not be on your list.

If this blog is as popular as I hope I will seed the top 32 nominees for sitcoms and dramas. I am guessing for westerns I will not get enough of a variety of choices to seed 32. Time will tell.

Please try and remember to rate your fellow posters efforts here and even add them to your favorites list if you so desire.

Thanks in advance for your participation.
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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2008 11:28 am

The Best In Television

fansince, Thanks for the kind words as well as the reminder about rating people's posts.

I also only was a regular watcher of SNL for the first 5 years or so. They certainly did some great skits. So many great cast members have passed through the show.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2008 11:09 am

The Best In Television

Yank, reading through the comments and ratings. First, a reminder(probably unnecessary) but everybody be sure and 5 ALL of Yanks comments. These blogs take a lot of time and can really kill your ratings if you post a lot that don't get rated. 
Second, I'm up to the conversation You and MJ were having on SNL.  Cocker was a great moment.  Remember Julia Childs' finger amputation? How about "Bowling For Cocaine?" We could do a whole blog on these types of moments, but I wouldhave to be limited to the first 5 years as I lost interest after that.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2008 11:00 am

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I just updated the counts on the blog  So far 24 Westerns have been mentioned, 115 Dramas, and 92 Comedies. Looks like I will end up seeding 16 to get a first round bye in the drama and comedy categories, while only having a bracket of 16 for the westerns. It should be fun to see how this all plays out.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2008 10:38 am

The Best In Television

fansince, You were right about EZ Streets. You were the first to mention it. It was a great show. It would have been better on cable as I believe it could have had a much longer life there. I must have seen all the episodes a few times as they were rerun on cable for awhile.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2008 10:31 am

The Best In Television

Hello Yank. Here goes. No accounting for taste, but I have deliberately voided reading any prior comments to get an unbiased list.


1) All in the Family
2) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3) M*A*S*H
4) Frasier
5) Cheers
6) The Dick Van Dyke Show
7) The Andy Griffith Show
8) The Bob Newhart Show
9) Taxi
10) The Cosby Show


1) The Sopranos
2) The Prisoner
3) Hill Street Blues
4) St. Elsewhere
5) The Twilight Zone
6) Alfred Hitchcock Presents
7) Band of Brothers
9) EZ Streets    I bet you don’t get many votes for this one.
10) Dexter


1) Gunsmoke
2) Bonanza
3) Deadwood
4) Rawhide
5) The Virginian
6) Laredo
7) The Rifleman
8) F-Troop
9) Bat Masterson
10) McCloud   not a traditional western, but close enough for me


1) Walter Conkrite’S announcement of JFK’s Death
2) Neil Armstrong’s Moonwalk
3) The Shuttle Explosion (1987)
4) 911 Attacks
5) The Ice Bowl (GB vs. Dallas, 1967)

OK yank. That’s all I got. I WILL add commentary as the lists dwindle down . Gret idea for a blog. Hope you enjoy this one as much as your last, which was excellent IMHO.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2008 9:31 am

The Best In Television

thefarnz, your comment about the Newlywed Game had me smiling. I recall that very well as it makes so many of the funniest moments TV shows that you see now and again. There were quite a few funny things on that show over the years.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2008 4:12 am

The Best In Television


The Cosby Show
The Office
The Simpsons
Home Movies
Family Guy
Arrested Development
Everybody Loves Raymond


The Shield
Walker, Texas Ranger
Law And Order: SVU
Law And Order: CI
WCW Monday Nitro
Grey's Anatomy

Memorable Moments

9/11 coverage
Michael Jordan switches hands in mid air against the Lakers in the Finals (and many other Jordan moments)
Newlywed Game: "What's the strangest place you've made whoopie?"  "That'd be the butt, Bob."
Cheap Seats episodes covering any of the National Spelling Bees.
Gilbert Gottfried copies Ice-T's act at the Fryar's Club Roast of Hugh Hefner.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2008 2:05 am
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Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2008 12:36 am

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I didn't do memorable moments earlier, but I'll add some now. I remember reading once how 9/11 is a totally different event for New Yorkers than it is for the rest of the country, and Yank and Jonny have brought that home for me. Jonny, very sorry to hear of the losses for your and your wife's families. i remember my wife woke me up and I first thought it was just a plane flying into a building and went back to bed. Then a little later watched in horror with everyone else.

The 1989 earthquake in California was epicentered about 10 miles from my parents home and where I grew up. Having lived in Santa Cruz and San Francisco most of my life up to that point, I was taping the World Series game and after watching coverage live for a day or two, went back and watched my VHS tape of the news as it was broadcast. Seeing the collapsed Bay Bridge (over which I've traveled hundreds of times, maybe thousands) was indescribable. The next time I went to see my parents many months later, the Pacific Garden Mall in Santa Cruz was still a bunch of giant holes in the ground.

I'd say "The Catch" by Dwight Clark, but I was there. Honest.

The East Bay Fires. I was watching a 49er game on TV when a giant plume of smoke rose up out of the East Bay. Pretty surreal watching the game continue while a major tragedy was going on just a few miles away.

John Montefusco's Major League debut - entered in the first inning of a game against the hated Dodgers with the bases loaded, no outs, and only a few hours after arriving from AAA Phoenix. Completed the game, a 6-2 Giants win, took a liner off his shin, and hit a homer.

Dave Dravecky breaking his arm while throwing a pitch while attempting to come back from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. He had already pitched once, a 3 hitter or something against the Reds, so it was thought he was ok, but obviously he wasn't.


Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2008 9:28 pm

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jonny I am sorry for both of your loses on that horrible day. I still get the chills when I am downtown, and am reminded everyday when I leave my apartment building as I can no longer see the tops of The Towers  as I used to.  You could see the fire from a lot further than The Eye and Eye Infirmary. I was working off of 5th Ave in the 50's then and you could see it easily from there. I was walking south on 5th when the second tower fell and was at 34th street. You could feel the ground shake. It will stay with me until the day I die.

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